Hi! My name is Leigh (pronounced as Lee- I get Leah all the time!) Would you like to work with someone who has tried nearly everything and had it not stick? Have you never been comfortable in your body – always wanting it to look better, constantly comparing yourself to other people and/or just feeling unconfident? Then you have met someone just like you. I was FED UP. I once said, not too long ago, that if I never had to worry about eating again, I wouldn’t.
I had a love/hate relationship with food and being upset in my own body for decades. As far back as 8 years old, I have been ashamed of my body. I remember this time because I know it is when I first started wearing a t-shirt over my swimsuit! That continued into high school (swimming in gym class was the worst 2 weeks of my life, despite the love I have for being in the water). Although I had a great childhood, sports, health and wellness were not something that was stressed at home. Being from Wisconsin, we ate meat, potatoes, corn, casseroles and lots of cheese. Oh, did I mention you can get nearly everything deep fried?! Especially the cheese.
I didn’t do any exercise, unless I really had to, until I joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1996. Having to be in shape for my annual fitness test, I would run in the summer and do only enough sit ups and push-ups to pass the test. Eventually, I found the gym and personal training that I thought would transform my body. Have I mentioned yet that you can get all sorts of yummy deep fried food in Wisconsin? Finally, I started the yo-yo dieting, if you will. In my mid 20s, I started with WeightWatchers.
I was successful at WW, reaching a goal weight I hadn’t seen since middle school. I maintained this for a short time. I gained the weight back, maybe more, who knows. I tried WeightWatchers again. This time I took a bunch of shortcuts to the points system and couldn’t bear the 20 points a day I was allowed (this is like 1200 calories, maybe). I did learn how to be a bit more healthy, but I still loved that fried cheese. And frozen custard. Wisconsin has great dairy products.
The first time I thought I had an eating disorder, I contacted a therapist. I was binging, late at night, on peanut butter, bread, chocolate, anything carbs and sugar I could get my hands on. I filled out a long questionnaire and she determined I actually had a mild case of depression. Looking back, I realize now I was using food to cope with being in an unhappy relationship. This was never brought up in my two years of counseling with that therapist, and I was placed on an antidepressant. Don’t get me wrong, she helped me a lot, but the connection to emotion and food was never realized. I was only in my mid-20s, at least 10 pounds heavier than when I started that program for the first time. I did workout, but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I didn’t understand the connection to food – you can’t out train a bad diet.
In 2009, I moved to Colorado and by 2013 my lifestyle was more active and I became a longer distance runner. I trimmed down considerably and was in the best shape of my life in 2016. Between then and late December 2019, it seemed NOTHING I was doing was “working” and I was losing steam with running, I was not being mindful of what I was eating and was again having that nasty self-talk about my body and appearance.
So, I tried the paleo diet, keto diet, 30 day meal plans, 21 day fix, all natural diet pills, counting calories, and counting macros. Nothing was changing. At 3 months shy of 40 years old, having finished my 3rd marathon and with pants that were too tight, I was devastated. This was October 2019. I was just so done with food and all of it.
I am a middle school teacher and December is always a time of high stress (end of first semester) with a lot of treats given to us by students and families. I was sitting at my desk one day and decided to try a cookie from a student. I couldn’t stop at just one, I ate all 8 of them within a 5-10 minute period. And that wasn’t the first time I had done something like that – or the first time I had eaten a lot of high sugar, high carb foods when I was sad, mad, or stressed. I was FED UP.
I thought I was eating my feelings, yet I did not know how to stop. I was hating myself, hating food, upset with exercise. I submitted a couple of inquiries to therapists that specialize in eating disorders. I continued my Google search and gave something like “How to beat sugar addiction” a go and viola, MyBodyTutor came up. I had never heard of this program! I was in awe of what the program claimed to do. I was wanting something to help me beat the psychology of my eating – I thought therapy was the only way. I spoke to Adam on December 24, 2019 and was a client as of December 27 and decided to give this a go, even though I thought I would need to save another therapist’s phone number because how could this program work? I have not looked back.
The accountability with MBT allowed me to make REAL changes to the mindset and habits of my eating. My tutor would recognize things I was blind too, add that to my log so that I could really reflect on WHY I was eating. The daily feedback I received allowed me to notice positive changes to my mood, diet and exercise regime within TWO weeks. I was already making better food choices, I was no longer inhaling my food, and I was finally exploring WHY I was eating. I stopped naming foods as good versus bad, what I should and should not eat. I was able to stop hating food, and really enjoy special meals or desserts guilt free for the first time in probably 20 years. Besides that, my exercise routines are more fierce than when I paid a personal trainer, I am far more active overall and my mood – well, the happiness that I have regained via my work with MBT is hands down better than it has been in 3 or 4 years. I no longer view food as the enemy and feel more empowered in my relationship with food than I have since I was a young girl.
I have chosen to work with MBT because for me, this really is my last program. The knowledge and insight you will gain around your relationship with food is hands down the best I have worked with. As a former client, I am uniquely equipped to help you be successful on your journey to a better relationship with food, exercise and overall well-being. The day-to day accountability you have with a real person as a coach is far above any program where you work with a “bot,” or even working with a real person on a week to week basis. Meeting with someone only once a week leaves you 6 other days to try and figure it out by YOURSELF. Alone. Knowing there is a real person on your side, who has your back via the log, email, text, and phone calls is where the real magic happens. The relationship you have with your coach is what makes this program work and why I am so excited to move from client to coach. I cannot stress enough how well this works and how excited I am to work with you to realize the best version of yourself in an area of life that can leave us feeling unhappy, isolated and sad. Are you ready to change your life? Great – come join me!